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radial vs. non-radial?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by 88jimmyoungowner, Nov 27, 2001.

  1. 88jimmyoungowner

    88jimmyoungowner 1/2 ton status

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    what is the difference, and which perfoms better on road/off-road? I know about the price diference, but what are the other differences?

    16, 88 jimmy, give me advise if i ask for it, please!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  2. not4show

    not4show 1/2 ton status

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    A radial will ride better on the road, not real sure about the off-road differences though.

     
  3. SlyDog

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    Bias tires {non-radial) are excellent offroad but have less tread life, as where radials are much better on road and last longer [​IMG]

    <font color=green>[​IMG]1977 K5 GETTIN IT AWN[​IMG]</font color=green>
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  4. taterblazer

    taterblazer 1/2 ton status

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    Just get radials, no one runs bias ply's in their blazer. Ask a tire shop why, I'm sure they could edumacate us.
     
  5. CarolinaBogger

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    uh.......i just put on non-radial 38"s because i am a cheap bastard. Am i in for it?
     
  6. dysphemism

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    Radials are it. The bias-ply wears quicker becuase its a softer material and the ride is also way more sloshy and bouncy if you can imagine that! I run 38" Swamper radials and they run very well on the road although they wander like crazy when they find a groove in the road, but I've heard bias-ply is even worse about that. Radial are more expensive but I consider them to be worth it.

    Beefing up my truck broken part by broken part.
    1986 GMC Jimmy 9" lift, 38" swampers, and a sarcastic liscense plate holder.
     
  7. TXsizeK5

    TXsizeK5 1/2 ton status

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    What size width are you radials

    6in 87' K5 w/ 35" BFG muds.
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  8. LA Bogger

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    Ran radials once about 15 years ago, ever since I've run bias ply except for the SX Swampers. Bias are harder to balance but its all how much you can tolerate.. Flat spot when there cold ,cool shimmy at about 80 mph, not to mention the noise. But as soon at you hit the gumbo, you forget about the later and watch the MUD fly.....

    Eat More Mud!!!

    60/14/9"/39.5 TSL's
     
  9. 89GMCSuburban

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    Go to Mickey Thompson's website. It lays it all out for you.

    Red 1989 GMC Suburban SLE V1500 - TBI 350, 700R4 w/ shift kit, Quad-shock front, 31/10.50/15 Pro Comp MT, 4.10 gears, Duals off cat
     

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